I am not a breakfast fan, but I am a brunch fan. There is something to be said about a relaxing Sunday with a nice Bloody Mary (or Maria if you are me). The classic garlicky and spicy pickled green beans is the quintessential stirring stick of a bloody Mary. And best of all, to achieve this classic dilly bean, you just need is some basic canning equipment and patience.
Dilly Beans (Pickled Green Beans)
- About 3 lbs of green beans, washed and cut to jar length (~3 1/8″ to 3 1/4″)
- 6 whole, peeled, garlic cloves (the bigger the better)
- 6 heads of dill (the bigger the better)
- 1 1/2 Tbsp red pepper flakes (divided)
- 1/3 cup of kosher salt (make sure it is pure and doesn’t have anti-caking agents)
- 4 cups of water
- 4 cups of white vinegar
- 6 wide mouth pint jars (cleaned, sterilized)
- 6 wide mouth lids (simmered in boiling water)
- 6 wide mouth rings
- Wash and snip the green beans.
- Cut beans to jar length. (I love these so much that I put two marks on my cutting board for easy measuring!)
- At the bottom of the jars place the 1/4 Tbsp of red pepper flake, 1 garlic clove (or 2 if they are small) and dill.
- Stuff jars as tightly as possible with beans.
- In a sauce pan boil water, salt and vinegar.
- Pour water vinegar mixture over beans in jar leaving enough space for head room. (see canner recipe/instructions for details).
- Place the simmering lids on jars and put rings on only hand tight.
- Can according to your canner directions. I use a water bath method for these because they are acidic.
The Perfect Bloody Mary (or Maria)
- 1 1/4 shots of potato vodka or silver tequila (optional)
- 1 tsp horseradish
- 1 tsp coconut aminos
- 1 tsp vinegar hot sauce (like Tabasco)
- 1 small can low sodium V-8 (or homemade tomato juice)
- 1/4 lime, juiced
- 1 strip of peppered bacon, cooked
- 2 dilly beans
- other assorted pickled goodness
- In an half high ball glass, place 2-3 cubes of ice and mix horseradish, tomato juice and coconut amino.
- Stir in vodka or tequila, if using.
- Finish with lime and hot sauce.
- Garnish with dilly beans, bacon and other assorted pickled goodness.
- Drink, enjoy, repeat.
As a note about the vodka or tequila. I like to plan ahead and put a sliced fresh jalapeno in the spirit of choice for 2-3 days to naturally flavor the liquor. It makes a huge difference! If this step is too much, consider adding these awesome pickled jalapenos to your drink during the mixing stage!
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